Feb 7, 2013 4:30am PST
by the end of the month. as susan mcginnis reports, the pentagon is already slashing military costs. >>> reporter: the uss truman was scheduled to pull out of norfolk, virginia tomorrow to head to the persian gulf but wednesday afternoon word came that truman will stay in port in order to save money. >> playing the waiting game pretty much. it's not very nice not knowing when we're pulling out. >> reporter: the pentagon is cutting u.s. aircraft carriers' presence overseas ahead of $55 billion in budget cuts that kick in march 1. >> this is not a game. >> reporter: outgoing defense secretary leon panetta says congress' inability to find a way to avoid the cuts has endangered america's security. >> these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy and they would degrade our ability to respond to crises precisely at a time of rising instability across the road. >> reporter: the idea is that the budget cuts would be so objectionable here on capitol hill that congress would agree on an alternative. that has proven to be easier said than don
Feb 7, 2013 5:00am PST
strikes targeting americans who work with al qaeda overseas. >>> the pentagon is reducing the number of aircraft carriers in the persian gulf to one from two. the defense department made that announcement yesterday as deep automatic spending cuts loom for defense and domestic programs here. those cuts will kick in at the beginning of next month. and unless congress agrees to an alternate budget plan before then. defense secretary leon panetta says severe military cuts would harm the nation's security and the economy. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 department of defense civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that's going to impact or economy? >> some economists estimated a march 1 sequestration could result in up to a million people losing their jobs. >>> today some house democrats are set to unveil their plans to curb gun violence. the 15 proposals are said to be similar to those proposed by the obama administration, including background checks on all gun purchases and bans
Feb 7, 2013 6:00am PST
those years ago. >> this is not a game! >> the pentagon is forced to make deep spending cuts. >> the pentagon will lose $55 billion from its budget over the next nine months. >> we'll keep coming here and i hope it stays here forever. >> and a big party at one of the oldest bars here in the bay area. >> we're at the seven mile house where they are commemorating the 160th anniversary. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "eyewitness news this morning" >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald >>> good morning, it's thursday, february 7. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it is 6:31 i know. >> a violent shooting spree in southern california leaves one officer dead and two others injured. the suspect is an ex-lapd officer. he is now the center of a massive manhunt in southern california. we have live pictures from the crime scene right now. cbs reporter susan mcginnis with the online manifesto that targets the suspect's former colleagues. >> reporter: police helicopters are fl
Feb 21, 2013 7:00am PST
say that means as many as 700,000 of the 800,000 civilians who work for the pentagon. >> this is not a beltway phenomenon. on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> reporter: civilians like sue ann fallenberg a single mom and administrative assistant at a naval school 3,000 miles away from washington in monterey california. >> i would have to get a part-time job to support my family. >> reporter: she is worryied about the 20% pay cut if she's furloughed or put on involuntary pay one day a week. >> can you reduce the rent for 20%? i can't say that. >> reporter: and it's not just cuts to the pentagon dozens of agencies including the fbi will also have to make difficult choices. >> the fbi would be in the position of having to evaluate where those reductions can come from, and that may impact in the national security arena. >> reporter: the president will continue in coming days to highlight the hardships to individuals and to the public at large if the cuts take place. democrats congressional campaign committee also goes on the offensive today.